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Arctic Indicators

The Arctic can be considered the canary in the coal mine of climate change. The region around the North Pole tends to heat up much faster than the rest of the earth. This results in rapid ice melt. Much faster than the UN until recently anticipated.

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Arctic Sea Ice is melting much, much faster than even the best climate models had projected. The reason is most likely unmodeled amplifying feedbacks. Image via Arctic Sea Ice Blog: http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2012/09/models-are-improving-but-can-they-catch-up.html.

The following image shows current Arctic ice volume.

 

http://nsidc.org/greenland-today/

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